Greetings dear readers! Today is a special day, it’s Friday the 13th! A spooky day in it’s own right, but this one is also in October! Double spooky! To celebrate this I am giving you a review plus rating of the complete Friday the 13th Franchise. We all know the name Jason or at least the iconic look of the big maniac with a hockey mask. I had the honour or dishonour to watch most of them last year on Netflix. By the way I didn’t need a carrier pigeon for this review, as I’m back in the 21st century with internet and all.
We are off to Camp Crystal Lake and beyond!
Friday the 13th part one
The one that started it all and gave us many of today’s horror cliches such as if you have sex, you die and the slasher in the woods. A group of camp counsellors go to a camp to prepare for the upcoming summer camp. They get killed is the basic premise of this movie.
The first one is a decent movie and very original, it took what halloween did and popularised it. The creepy setting of the lake and woods, the twist at the ending and the good atmosphere make this one a must watch. Bonus trivia: It is Kevin Bacon’s first movie.
My rating: 4 out 5 Camp Counsellors
Friday the 13th part two
Slight spoiler: This is actually the first movie where Jason is the killer. We left off where the first one ended. Not surprisingly, the only survivor of part 1 gets killed by Jason. 5 years later they are holding a camp counsellors training camp again near Camp Crystal Lake. Jason starts killing without his iconic mask but with a burlap sack on his head. Decent movie, the story is pretty good as it follows up on the legends and rumours that have started after the first one. I recommend this one as well.
My rating: 3 out of 5 Burlap sacks
Friday the 13th part three
After being badly wounded in part 2, we find Jason looking for clothes at a store. He gets confronted and he naturally starts killing again. Once more, they try to stop him and it looks like they succeed. This should’ve been the last one in a trilogy, but no luck. This one is bad, and the shitty 3d effects make it even worse. Uninspired, the only reason to watch this is because this is the one where Jason gets his mask. Not recommended, only for the true fans.
My rating 1 out of 5 shitty 3d effects
Friday the 13th part four: The Final Chapter
We continue where number three ended, Jason is taken to the morgue. Surprise! He gets up and starts killing everyone, before going back to Camp Crystal Lake. A group of teens in their infinite wisdom decide to go there and party. You can guess what happens next; more killing. Two reasons to watch this crap-o-rama: Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover doing his very unique dance. Not recommended at all.
My rating 2 out of 5 Corey and Corey’s
Friday the 13th part five: A New Beginning
This one is actually a bit different and I kind of liked it. It goes in a different direction. A few years after part four, Corey Feldman’s character Tommy is in a halfway house for troubled teens after causing Jason’s death. Downside of this all is that Corey Feldman is not playing the actual character. This is a more psychological type of horror, where a hockey masked assailant starts killing people in the halfway house and it is revealed to be somebody else than Jason. Fresh take, not so freshly excecuted. I would suggest you try to watch it if you want to try something new.
My rating 2 out of 5 Rubber Masks
Friday the 13th part 6: Jason Lives
After the poor reception of part 5 the producers decided to go back to Jason as the killer. Plus this is the movie where he goes from mere mortal to supernatural being. In my honest opnion this is the best one of the sequels, on par with part two.
After the tragedy of part 5, they want to cremate the remains of Jason. They built a new camp on the site of Camp Crystal Lake and once more all hell (Jason) breaks loose. What makes this one standout? It’s one of the first to use meta humour and self referential humour in a horror movie. So you get a decent, funny slasher flick that goes back to its roots. Very much recommended!
My rating 4 out of 5 Machetes
Friday the 13th part 7: The New Blood
After a great one comes another subpar outing of the man in the mask. This time Jason is being played by Kane Hodder who became the definitive Jason. This one goes further on the supernatural vibe, with a young girl called Tina showing signs of telekinetic powers after her abusive father turns violent. Fleeing him, she and her mother go to the lake to examine the power with the help of a doctor. The cabin next door is full of partying teens. Jason emerges from the lake to begin his killing spree again, only to be thwarted in the end by Tina.
Bland outing in the franchise, only watch this if you want to see them all.
My rating 2 out of 5 Cabins at the Lake
Sidenote from here on the whole franchise veers off in the deep end.
Friday the 13th part 8: Jason takes Manhattan
This is where we sail into the campy side of the franchise. After a not so memorable outing, we have one of the most memorable ones. The plot is: A cruise ship goes from Camp Crytsal Lake to New York. You read that right, a cruise ship. Graduating seniors are taking a cruise. Jason gets on the cruise, he kills more and more people. They arrive in New York, Jason terrorizes Manhattan. He gets swept away into the sewers in the end. This really should have been the last one, as they intended it to be. A funny and bizarre foray in the franchise, recommended for the Camp value.
My rating 2 out of 5 Cruise Liners
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Jason gets blown to pieces by the F.B.I. at the start of the flick and an evil coroner consumes his putrid heart. The coroner gets possessed by Jason and goes on a killing spree. During his killing spree he jumps from person to person and in the end he gets killed. In the credits we see Jason’s grave and Freddy’s glove claws through it while you hear his iconic laugh. This was meant to set up Freddy vs Jason, a movie which came 10 years later. A weird and unrelevant part of the franchise, except for the ending. Not recommended.
My rating 2 out of 5 Freddy laughs
This is about Jason in space. Jason is caught in 2008 (movie timeline) and they try to contain him. This doesn’t work out, so they deep freeze him together with one of the soldiers. Flash forward to the future. Earth has become polluted, so they establish a new colony of earth 2. Spaceship Solaris goes back to Earth, the crew has the best idea ever; to take the frozen Jason. He thaws, he starts killing people. They try to escape with a pod, one of them seemingly kills him by dismembering him and knocking him into some medical equipment. Bad idea, the nanite technology of the medical station rebuilds Jason and now we have Cyborg Jason. They blow up the shuttle, and we see a scarred Jason mask fall into Camp Crystal Lake as a falling star. Okay but not great. Some funny moments but all and all not recommended.
2 out of 5 Holographic Sleeping Bags
Freddy vs Jason
Although a crossover, it is technically part of the franchise as it is the last one to be made before the reboot. Also the last Nightmare on Elmstreet made before that reboot. In the film, set years after the events of Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Freddy has grown incapable of haunting people’s dreams as the citizens of Springwood, Ohio, have mostly forgotten about him following his death and subsequent imprisonment in Hell for his sins.
To regain his power and freedom, Freddy resurrects Jason and manipulates him into traveling to Springwood to cause panic and fear, leading to rumors that Freddy has returned. However, while Jason succeeds in causing enough fear for Freddy to haunt the town again, Jason angers Krueger by depriving him of potential victims. This ultimately sends the two undead monsters into a violent conflict. Very fun movie with a great story idea how the two monsters meet. Worthwhile to watch, I think the ending is good sendoff fort hem both
My rating 3 out of 5 Movie Monsters
And so concludes the original franchise, about 4 really good movies and lots of crappy/bland filler in between. I decided not to do the remake because: I haven’t seen it. Plus it’s a reimagining and plotwise takes elements of the first four movies. It’s a movie on it’s own.
Have a fun and fright filled Friday the 13th everyone!